Task force to investigate series of rapes in Jones Co.

A task force has been created to track down a man suspected of raping four Jones County women since 2005.
The task force, which includes Jones County deputies and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, is getting assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection on any possible immigration issues.

Sheriff Larry Dykes said Wednesday that the suspect has been described as a slender, middle aged Hispanic man, who is about 5-feet 8-inches tall.

County supervisors pledged a $15,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction. Other groups and businesses boosted the reward to $50,000.

Officials are circulating both English and Spanish printed fliers with the reward information, Dykes said.

Law enforcement has received tips and a lot of information, but nothing has panned out, he said.

One of the four reported Jones County rapes happened in 2005 and three this year.

The latest occurred Sept. 6 in Sandersville when an 81-year-old woman was attacked. Investigators said the man entered the woman's home through a carport window, raped her and fled with an undetermined amount of cash.